Speaking Engagements

Quist is the mobile app about LGBTQ history with an audience of over 30,000 individuals in over 100 countries. The messages behind it are simple and powerful: Every action makes a difference and the activism you do today makes history. Being LGBTQ isn’t a new fad, we have been here forever. And for LGBTQ youth – You aren’t the only one to have ever felt this way and you have a community spanning centuries waiting to welcome you.10608724_735211119865871_6071506296930110578_o

The app’s creator, Sarah Prager, is available to speak to your group about these messages. Presentations include:

  • Global LGBTQIA History 101
  • LGBTQ History’s Relevance Today
  • Using LGBTQ History in our Activism Today
  • STEM’s Queer History
  • History of Rural LGBTQ Activism in the United States
  • History of LGBTQ Business and Marketing
  • Behind the Quist App

Each uses fascinating stories from little-known LGBTQ history to illustrate the points. They can be adapted for students (middle school through college), houses of worship, non-profit staff, professional or academic conferences, and special events. Custom presentations for your group’s interests are also available.

Selected Universities where Sarah Has Spoken

  • Carnegie Mellon University (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Central Washington University (Ellensburg, WA)
  • College of New Jersey (Ewing, NJ)
  • Emerson College (Boston, MA)
  • Harvard Business School (Cambridge, MA)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Chicago, IL) [video clip]
  • Kankakee Community College (Kankakee, IL)
  • Leeds Beckett University (Leeds, UK)
  • Montgomery College (Rockville, MD)
  • San Diego State University (San Diego, CA)
  • University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
  • Universidad Tecnologica Metropolitana (Merida, Mexico)
  • Universität Duisburg-Essen (Essen, Germany) [video clip]
  • University of Kentucky (Lexington, KY)
  • University of Manchester (Manchester, UK)
  • Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

Selected Events where Sarah Has Spoken

  • Gay American History @ 40 Conference (New York City, NY – May 2016)
  • National Festival of LGBT History (remotely to York, UK – February 2016)
  • Australian Homosexual Histories Conference (remotely to Adelaide, Australia – November 2015)
  • oSTEM Annual Conference (Pittsburgh, PA – November 2015)
  • Camp OUTdoors (Prescott, AZ – September 2015)
  • Maven Queer Youth Tech Camp (New York City – July 2015)
  • The Coming of Age of LGBTQ Studies (San Diego, CA- April 2015)
  • LGBT StartUp and Entrepreneur Conference (New York City – April 2015)
  • Queer Studies Conference (Ohio University, OH – April 2015)
  • Pennsylvania Youth Action Conference (Huntingdon, PA – February 2015)
  • Out for Undergrad Technology Conference (San Francisco – October 2014)
  • Ignite Baltimore (Baltimore, MD – September 2014) [video clip]
  • Lesbian And Gay Archivist Roundtable of the Society of American Archivists Annual Meeting (Washington, D.C. – August 2014 and Cleveland, OH – August 2015)
  • True Colors Conference (Storrs, CT – March 2014 & March 2015)
  • Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference (Bloomsburg, PA – November 2013)
  • #unit Festival (remotely to Berlin, Germany – April 2016)

Selected Venues Where Sarah Has Spoken:

  • Benjamin Franklin Library of the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City
  • Microsoft Offices in New York City
  • Pandora Offices in New York City
  • Twitter Offices in San Francisco

After attending one of our workshops, 70% of participants say their overall knowledge level of LGBTQ history has increased. (On average, workshops participants go from reporting their LGBTQ history knowledge level as “a little bit” to “comfortable with the basics.”) 91% of participants also believe LGBTQ history is “very important” (the highest option) after attending one of our workshops.

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Our presentations can be tailored to fit into time slots from 30 minutes to 2 hours. Engagements that are over 1 hour long usually include interactive activities.

Speaking at a panel at Twitter HQ with reps from Facebook and Pandora

Speaking at a panel at Twitter HQ with reps from Facebook and Pandora.

Email Carrie Howland at carrie@empireliterary.com to start planning Sarah’s visit to your school, business, community group, PFLAG chapter, house of worship, or event. Not sure if you’re too close to your preferred date to ask? We always try to make last-minute requests work so still get in touch!